Gettysburg Campfire Programs: The Nature of the Gettysburg Battlefield

Evening Campfire programs are the hidden secret to Gettysburg’s summer programs.  They are a relaxing and enjoyable thing in the evening and are a very traditional program for the National Park Service.

Gettysburg National Military Park’s Amphitheater

Rangers present these free programs on a wide variety of topics on the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War.  Campfire programs are held nightly beginning June 8 at the park Amphitheater at Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop 6, at 8:30 p.m.   …and yes, the Rangers always build a campfire for everyone to enjoy.

This summer, we are introducing a new four-part, family-friendly summer series for 2012!  Join us in a partnership between the National Park Service and Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve to learn more about the natural history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. 

Each of these free, special campfire programs runs from 8:30pm to 9:30pm at the Amphitheater.

Friday, June 8 – the Snakes of Devil’s Den – We’ll take a closer look at the reptiles that call the Gettysburg battlefield their home and were here at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg.  A slideshow of Pennsylvania snakes will be presented, along with a special live guest at the end of the evening.

 Tuesday, July 17 – The Geology of the Battlefield – Guest speaker Geologist Jeri Jones of Spring Grove will present a slideshow on the geology of the Gettysburg area and how the battle was affected.  Mr. Jones will provide insight into the impact of the land on the battle, as well as the impact of the battle on the land.

Friday, August 24th – The Birds of the Battlefield, an Important Bird Area – Would you like to know more about the birds?

September (actual date to be announced) – Silent Soldiers: Witness Trees of the Battlefield

Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, May 31, 2012


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One Response to Gettysburg Campfire Programs: The Nature of the Gettysburg Battlefield

  1. Suzi says:

    I have attended that talks about what it was like to be an African American during the Gettysburg Battle, the one on poetry, and the one on cinema. Each has been different, extremely interesting, and well executed. I hope to hear a the last couple. Thanks to the rangers for the time that they have given to share these perspectives about the relationships of the society that made up Gettysburg in those days. It’s all about relationships.

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